NBA star J.R. Smith charged with breaking fan’s phone in NYC

CHELSEA, Manhattan — NBA player J.R. Smith turned himself in to police Friday on charges he broke the cellphone of a fan who tried to videotape him, authorities said.

A 20-year-old man said he was outside a Manhattan pizzeria about 2:45 a.m. July 29 when he spotted Smith and started videotaping him.

Smith allegedly snatched the phone out of his fan’s hands outside of 114 Tenth Ave. in Chelsea and threw it across the street into a construction site, causing the device’s screen to break, police said.

Smith, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and used to be on the New York Knicks, turned himself in to police with an attorney at about 10:15 a.m. Friday and was issued desk appearance ticket and released, police said.

The 32-year-old New Jersey native has been charged with criminal mischief.

His attorney called the accusation “nonsense.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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